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10 Apps to Transition Between Linux and Windows

If you’re someone that finds yourself switching between Linux and Windows at your workstation, there are actually some applications out there that will make your transition between the two operating systems much easier and efficient.

Here we’ve outlined 10 applications which are very friendly to both Windows and Linux users. As you read through the selected apps below, always be reminded of a golden rule: there’s always a substitution geared towards the solution.

1. YakYak

As some may not realize, Google Hangouts is surprisingly not supported on Linux. That may damper a few online remote meetings if you rely on Google Hangouts for any communication. Luckily, the application YakYak is entirely capable of supporting Google hangout messages, at least for the time being.

2. VirtualBox

While both easily accessible and free to use, VirtualBox is a fantastic alternative to Parallels for a great remote desktop virtualization experience. VirtualBox is a highly Linux friendly solution.

3. LibreOffice

For those who need a serious alternative to Office 365, LibreOffice presents a huge range of features tailored for Linux, available for free. LibreOffice offers its full-range office suite almost in parallel to what Office 365 has to offer for Windows users.

4. PhpStorm

PhpStorm is a powerful web development tool for those working heavily with PHP. As PhpStorm is highly efficient on Linux, it features work on all platforms with also Windows and Mac. PhpStorm can be considered a top choice for web developers working on multiple operating systems.


For your graphic designers and artists in the workplace, GIMP provides a fully-functional version for Linux, and best of all, it’s FREE. GIMP is a great alternative considering the Adobe Creative Cloud does not support Linux at this time and reduces any costs of finding an alternate route to still using the Creative Cloud, which can possibly result in an expensive solution.

6. Inkscape

Another graphic designer-friendly program, Inkscape is also a wonderful alternative to the Adobe line of creative apps if you need to use something for Linux. Do keep in mind though that native .ai files from Adobe Illustrator will not open in Inkscape. So if you’re truly looking to utilize and keep any of your .ai files, you may want to seek a virtualization method.

7. Tinkercad

Tinkercad is a fairly powerful browser-based design tool for 3D designing, which presents itself as a great alternative for Linux users who may wish to use something closely akin to 123D Design.